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[openFate 305267] Installation using Orca (screen reader) to Improve Accessibility
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  • Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:22:11 +0200 (CEST)
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Feature added by: Lukas Ocilka <locilka@xxxxxxxxxx>

Feature #305267, revision 1, last change by
Title: Installation using Orca (screen reader) to Improve Accessibility

openSUSE-11.2: New
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Darragh Ó Héiligh <d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Partner organization:

Original title: Accessibility for installation could be automated with better

Users can currently press F9 at the boot screen to hear the boot options
spoken. THis is a fantastic new feature and is one that OpenSuSE is the first
to add. For this you should be very proud.

However, I would ask that you further build upon this success by recognising
that accessibility at the boot menu has been enabled and automatically start
the Orca screen reader with also setting gnome accessibility to enabled.

One further consideration should be taken into account. To enable Orca to
access the installation screen, Orca must be run as root. However, if Orca is
run as root, the rest of the desktop is not accessible due to permissioning
issues. Therefore, the installation should be run automatically if the f9 key
si pressed.

Note, a similar feature excluding the accessible boot menu has also been added
to Ubuntu 8.04.

Note that they also have a key press (F5) to automatically enable assistive
technologies for installation on their live CD.

See bnc #417874 (

openSUSE Feature:

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